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A group of us met this week. Our conclusion was that:
For more details on both of these see my report on the museum.
There is, however, much to be positive about.
As said before, the museum is putting on more exhibitions and there has been a big effort to get objects out of store for exhibitions like Stories in Stitch and Take a Closer Look. There have also been some good educational exhibits such as Medieval Machines.
At the same time, community and heritage groups have been showing that they can make a valuable contribution to the museum in other areas and the Heritage Team deserve thanks for allowing them to do so. The latest exhibition, "Guildford at Work" is staged by the Park Barn based Joining In!- Men's Group and will be followed by an exhibition on Tunsgate by the Friends of Guildford Museum. In fact, that the Friends have been very busy as the latest newsletter shows. The Friends and other volunteers have also worked with Melanie Holliker at the museum on a very professional looking video about the museum buildings. I hope they will use their experience to create more videos for the museum. Heritage Weekend on 9th September was another example of where the community and the Borough work very well together. I shall be busy working on the Heritage Open Days event next September (more next week).
Everyone's goal is for a revamped museum that Guildford can be proud of. The forum has lots of ideas which could compliment, rather than overlap with, the Council's work. We have not done much with them because we hoped we might start working with the Council. Since that is not happening I plan to be more proactive from now on. My hope is that the Council will see what are trying to do and see the potential of us sharing ideas and doing something about them.
The museum has a long journey ahead but it is turning a corner and we are not giving up I shall also be publishing a number of articles on the following topics:
Please spread the word about the forum and get others to sign to on our mailing list. If you not already a member of the Friends of Guildford Museum and or the Surrey Archaeological Society please join by visiting their websites. Both make important contributions to the museum and to heritage in Guildford.
More next week...